Snapdragons dying

Talkathon(8)April 24, 2011

I'm new to gardening in Austin, TX. I planted snapdragons, petunias, and pansies in the fall. They all made it through winter and were looking great the last month. In the last couple of weeks my snapdragons' flowers have started dying off. I've been watering every other day and feeding with the liquid feed. One of the snapdragons had a mold-looking like thing on it. I don't know if they all "disease" or what's going on with them. Any suggestions?

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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

It sounds like overwatering combined with fertilizer while stressed. Do not water until the ground is dry down 2"(check with a stick or your finger) and don't ferilize stressed plants. I can't tell if they have a disease without a picture, but others on here are better at diagnosing from description than I am.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 2:38PM
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The secret to growing snapdragons, is snap off the dead heads, once they have bloomed. If you don't do this, then the stem will die back. They are so easy to snap off. It took me years to figure this out. Barbra

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 3:16PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Snapdragons prefer cooler weather and it has been hotter than normal this year. The heat will definitely slow them down in the summer. Pansies will completely die out in summer and will need to be replaced in the fall.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 3:42PM
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